NU library does not charge daily overdue fines for most circulating items with the exception of overdue recalled items and short term loan items, including:
Overdue fines will apply at all times, including over holidays, vacations, and intersessions. Patrons are responsible for keeping track of their due dates, which can be viewed by logging into “My Account” on NUcat .
Books that are not returned or renewed within 29 days* after their due date are automatically marked with “Lost” status by the library system. A replacement fee and a non-refundable $10.00 processing fee will be automatically assessed for every book overdue by more than 30 days. Replacement fees will be waived for “Lost” books returned within a reasonable timeframe.
Replacement fees are a minimum of $50.00 per book from most collections, with the exception of items from the following collections, which have a minimum replacement fee of $125 per book:
*Prior to September 8, 2007, the “Lost” status was applied on normal loan after 50 days. Currently, items from the Multimedia Center are considered "Lost" after 10 days, and items on Reserve are considered "Lost" after 7 days.
Patrons who return items damaged by intentional misuse (including highlighting, underlining in pencil or ink, or use of adhesive notes) may be assessed fees on those items according to the severity of the damage.
Borrowing privileges are automatically blocked on accounts which:
Patrons with blocked accounts are unable to:
*Evanston Resident borrowers are automatically blocked when accrued fines reach $50.
Fines and fees are payable by cash, check, or money order at the Schaffner Circulation Desk.
In Person: Pay your fines by cash, check, or money order at the Schaffner Circulation Desk, or by cash, check, money order, credit card, or WildCARD at the Main Library Circulation Desk.
By Mail: Fines may also be paid by mail with a check made payable to NU Library, and mailed to:
Joseph Schaffner Library
339 E. Chicago Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611-3071
Unpaid fines will accrue additional fees and will ultimately be referred to the Office of Student Accounts.
Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy, but patrons are responsible for keeping track of their own due dates.* Library notices are sent to members of the NU community by e-mail. Non-NU patrons who qualify for borrowing privileges may also request to have their notices sent by e-mail.
Three times a year, the Northwestern University Library system sends out Statements of Fines and Fees to our patrons detailing all currently outstanding unpaid fines and fees. If you have received one of these Statements and have further questions about it, please visit our Fine/Fee Statements FAQ  to help answer your questions.
For details relating specifically to fines and fees at the Main Library, please see the Main circulation fines and fees page.